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The Piedmont Environmental Council hosts advocacy campaigns on a variety of local, state and (sometimes) federal issues. We also let local residents know about planning processes and other opportunities to weigh in. Find out about these campaigns through email alerts and social media. If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up for email alerts today! You can also find us on Facebook, on Twitter or on Instagram.

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List of current PEC advocacy campaigns or petitions:

Metal mining in Virginia risks public and environmental health

Gold mining historically occurred throughout Virginia in the gold-pyrite belt, including substantial operations across the PEC region in Orange, Culpeper and Fauquier counties. Now, half a century since metals were last mined commercially, the threat has resurfaced. PEC is currently working with a coalition of organizations to pass comprehensive statewide legislation at the Virginia General Assembly to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our communities. Sign the joint petition:

Take Action: Dominion Energy requesting a significant profit increase

PEC joins with our partner organizations across the state in opposition to Dominion Energy’s request to increase their guaranteed profit from 9.2% to 10.8%. Dominion has long overcharged ratepayers, failed to aggressively pursue energy efficiency and stands as a constant barrier to increased adoption of customer-owned clean energy. And that’s before we get into their pursuit of costly, unnecessary infrastructure like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This monopoly should not be granted a larger profit-line at the expense of Virginia ratepayers. Take action with us by Oct. 22:

Protect St. Louis’s Drinking Water Supply from Overdevelopment

The tiny village of St. Louis, the first historically African American community in Loudoun, is under ongoing threat from development proposals that could negatively alter the character of the community and use up the groundwater supplies that serve existing wells.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Letter: Support the Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support for the Jefferson Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. 

Sign the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition Petition

The Virginia Energy Reform Coalition (VERC) is a group of stakeholders, including PEC, representing a broad spectrum of interests who are calling for reforms needed to create a modern, 21st century grid that lowers prices, increases choices for ratepayers, and improves the environment, all while maintaining reliability. Learn more and sign the petition!

Town To Trail Petition

Add your name to our petition to show support for trails and parks in Gordonsville in Orange County. 

Loudoun Petition: HOA Residents for Sustainable Landscaping

More than 60% of Loudoun residents are part of an HOA. Join with friends, neighbors and community members in showing support for sustainable landscaping practices at HOAs across Loudoun County.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Petition

This petition is a simple way to show elected officials in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville that residents want better, more connected, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Updates from the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session:

  • Feb 2021: Good news! HJ 527, a study resolution we helped draft related to the sale of invasive plants, has passed the house and senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk.
  • Feb 2021: More good news! Our priority land conservation legislation, HB 1760 / SB 1199, which preserves the integrity of all existing conservation easements has passed and is on its way to the governor’s desk.
  • March 2021: Budget amendment 385 #5S providing $250,000 to the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) for the surveying of historic resources related to African American and Virginia Indian communities has been adopted!